The Fighter Collection’s Merlin-Engined P-40F

Colin  Williams Photography

Wakefield, United Kingdom

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The Fighter Collection’s Merlin-engined P-40F is one of
only two left airworthy anywhere in the world.
Manufactured at the Curtiss facility in Buffalo, New
York in the autumn of 1942 and allocated Bu No. 41-
19841. She was delivered by land to the Stockton In-
Transit Depot in California for onward shipment in
November, where she was then shipped to the Thirteenth
Air Force in the Southwest Pacific on Christmas Eve
1942. Unfortunately her service career remains a
mystery, but the only P-40Fs to see combat in the
Pacific Theatre were flown by the 44th and the 68th
Fighter Squadrons of the 347th Fighter Group in the
Solomon Islands from November 1942 to October 1943.
Our Warhawk ended her wartime career when she was
condemned by the USAAF in November 1943, when she was
dumped on the largest of Vanautu’s islands, Espiritu
Santo. She was recovered from the island in the 1970s,
and acquired by The Fighter Collection some years later
and stored in Australia until the restoration commenced
in Wangaratta, Victoria. The in-depth restoration was
completed in early 2011 and our P-40F made her first
flight for 68 years in April.2011

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